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Simu Liu

Simu Liu, actor,
Photo of Simu Liu at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards © 2017 by R.A.Lucas. Used with permission.

B: April 19, 1989 in Harbin, China

Born in China, Simu Liu arrived with his family in Mississauga, Ontario at the age of five. Pushed to excel academically from a young age, he turned to acting after a position at a top accounting firm disappeared when cutbacks suddenly left him without a job. He picked up guest roles on shows such as Make it Pop, Nikita, Warehouse 13 and Beauty and the Beast. He played the role of Jung in 65 episodes of the hit CBC series Kim’s Convenience. He made film history as the star of the first Asian-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2021 feature, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings.

Also see: The Academy names nine recipients for the 2023 Special Awards.

Features & TV Movies:
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Summer Child (2012, short)
Noiropolis (voice, 2013, short)
Raider Origins (2013, short)
Kung Fu Cops (2013)
Open Gym (2013, short)
Bike Cop: Begins (2013)
The Akira Project (2014, short)
Fall Out Boy: Centuries (VR-2014, short)
Crimson Defender vs. The Slightly Racist Family (2015, short)
Antisocial 2 (2015)
Meeting Mommy (2017, short)
Fowl Play (2017, short)
Asian Bacelorette 2 (2018, short)

Women Is Losers (2021)
Chang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Bright: Samurai Soul (voice, 2021)
One True Loves (2022)
Hello Stranger (2022)
Arthur the King (2022)
Barbie (2023)

TV Series – Cast:
Kim’s Convenience (2016-2021)
Taken (2017)
Bad Blood (2017, mini-series)
Yappie (2018, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Nikita (2012)
Omega (2013)
Played (2013)
Out with Dad (2014)
Warehouse 13 (2014)
Mayday (2015)
Make It Pop (2015)
Beauty and the Beast (2015)
Blood and Water (2015)
Neon Nights: Rise of the Triad Underworld (2016)
Orphan Black (2017)
Slasher (2018)
The Expanse (2018)
An Awkward Girl Dates (2018)
Fresh Off the Boat (2019)

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (2020)
Corner Gas Animated (voice, 2021)
Star Wars: Visions (2021)

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, movie, poster,

Benita Ha

Benita Ha, Canadian actress,

B: January 19 in Hong Kong

Benita Ha was once known for hosting the television show Street Cents, but her rapidly expanding list of credits on both the small screen and the big screen has allowed her to get beyond the early days of her career. She studied Journalism at King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Communications at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Features & TV Movies:
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Cadillac Girls (1993)
When the Vows Break (TV-1995)
The X-Files: The Unopened File (VR-1996)
Hard Core Logo (1996)
Panic in the Skies! (TV-1996)
The Alibi (TV-1997)
Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
The Christmas List (TV-1997)
10,000 Delusions (1999)
A Feeling Called Glory (1999)

Up, Up, and Away! (TV-2000)
How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog (2000)
The 6th Day (2000)
Antitrust (2001)
Valentine (2001)
Exiles in Paradise (2001)
Black River (TV-2001)
Kevin of the North (2001)
Lily’s Crickets (2002)
Final Destination 2 (2003)
Wilder Days (TV-2003)
Picking Up and Dropping Off (TV-2003)
Paycheck (2003)
NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 (TV-2004)
Catwoman (2004)
White Noise (2005)
Personal Effects (TV-2005)
Flight 93 (TV-2006)
Civic Duty (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Unnatural & Accidental (2006)
The Invisible (2006)
Case 39 (2008)
Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins (TV-2009)

Innocent (TV-2011)
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
No Men Beyond this Point (2015)
Unleashing Mr. Darcy (TV-2016)
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders (TV-2016)
Brain on Fire (2016)
Christmas Cookies (TV-2016)
The Birthday Wish (TV-2017)
Walking the Dog (TV-2017)
The Mistletoe Inn (TV-2017)
Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
The Sweetest Heart (TV-2018)
A Midnight Kiss (TV-2018)
Benchwarmers 2 (2019)
Good Boys (2019)
My Mom’s Letter from Heaven (TV-2019)
A Christmas Miracle (TV-2019)

Ecotone (2020, short)
Sweet Caroline (2021)
Sealed with a Kiss: Wedding arch 6 (2021)
The Secret Lives of College Freshmen (2021)
Advice to Love By (2021)
Where Your Heart Belongs (2022)
When Time Got Louder (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Metro Cafe (1994)
The X Files (1995)
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996)
Madison (1996, 1997)
Breaker High (1997)
The Net (1998)
The Outer Limits (1999)

Higher Ground (2000)
Da Vinci’s Inquest (2000)
Caitlin’s Way (2001)
The Chris Isaak Show (2001, 2004)
Mysterious Ways (2002)
Cold Squad (2002)
Jake 2.0 (2004)
Stargate SG-1 (2004)
Huff (2004)
Smallville (2005)
Killer Instinct (2005, 2006)
Whistler (2006)
Blade: The Series (2006)
Reaper (2007)

V (2009, 2010)
Psych (2010)
The Troop (2010)
Sanctuary (2010)
R.L.Stine’s The Haunting Hour (2011)
Emily Owens M.D. (2013)
Single & Dating in Vancouver (2013)
Motive (2014)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2014)
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (2015)
Second Chance (2016)
Young & Reckless (2016)
Rogue (2017)
The Flash (2018)
The InBetween (2019)

NarcoLeap (2020)
Kung Fu (2022)

Unnatural & Accidental, movie, poster,

Linda Kash

Linda Kash, actress, actor,

B: January 17, 1967 in Montréal, Québec

Linda Kash, the daughter of actress and opera singer Maureen Forrester, began her professional career at the Second City in Toronto. She has appeared on stage at the Canadian Stage, The Limelight as well as at several regional theatres including Magnus Theatre, Theatre Calgary and the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Kash was a nominee for the 1986 Dora Award for Best Actress In a Musical/Revue, Bordering On Madness, as well as being a nominee the same year in the same category for her work in Andy Warhol: Your 15 Minutes Are Up. Despite all of her work on stage, in movies and on television, she may be best known as one of the Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angels. One of advertising’s most successful campaigns, it started in 1994. Linda Kash was married to actor Paul O’Sullivan.

Also see brother, Daniel Kash
Also see: A Grand Romantic Gesture in Sault Ste. Marie.

Features & TV Movies:
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As Is (TV-1986)
The Second City Toronto 15th Anniversary (TV-1988)
Biographies: The Enigma of Bobby Bittman (TV-1988)
The Best of SCTV (TV-1988)
Andrea Martin… Together Again (TV-1989)

The Events Leading Up to My Death (1992)
Partners ‘n Love (TV-1992)
Ernest Rides Again (1993)
Ernest Goes to School (1994)
Urban Safari (1996)
Waiting for Guffman (1996)
Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)
Life in a Day (TV-1999)
Dill Scallion (1999)

Apartment Hunting (2000)
The Bookfair Murders (TV-2000)
Xxxposed (2000)
Best in Show (2000)
Sister Mary Explains It All (TV-2001)
Cadet Kelly (TV-2002)
The Music Man (TV-2003)
Full-Court Miracle (TV-2003)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Homie Spumoni (2006)
Man of the Year (2006)
WEdding Wars (TV-2006)
Babysitting Andy (2007, short)
Are We Done Yet? (2007)
The Alter Boy Gang (TV-2007)
The Love Guru (2008)
Skyrunners (TV-2009)

Rose Takes the Train (2010, short)
Running Mates (2011)
Servitude (2011)
Moon Point (2012)
Great Scot Beer (TV-2012)
An Amish Murder (TV-2013)
Marshall Law (2013, short)
I Was a Boy (2014)
Midnight Sun (2014)
Fall (2014)
Christmas at Cartwright’s (TV-2014)
Unless (2016)
Anne of Green Gables (TV-2016)
Little Italy (2018)

The Bet (2020)
Jump, Darling (2020)
Getting to Know You (2020)
A Grand Romantic Gesture (2020)
Corners (2022, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Smith & Smith’s Comedy Mill (1987)

Max Glick (1990)
She TV (1994)
Minor Adjustments (1995)
Style and Substance (1998)
The Dumb Bunnies (voice, 1998)

Timothy Goes to School (voice, 2000)
John Callahan’s Quads! (2001)
Robson Arms (2007-2008)
Clang Invasion (voice, 2009-2010)

Scaredy Squirrel (voice, 2010-2011)
Almost Naked Animals (voice, 2011)
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot ABout That (voice, 2011)
Titanic (2012, mini-series)
Hotel Transylvania (voice, 2017-2019)
Private Eyes (2019-2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Night Heat (1986)
C.B.C.’s Magic Hour (1989)

Maniac Mansion (1990, 1992)
Street Legal (1993)
Seinfeld (1993)
Side Effects (1995)
The Newsroom (1997)
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996, 1997)
Cybill (1997)
3rd Rock from the Sun (1997)
Ellen (1998)
Foolish Heart (1999)

Made in Canada (2002)
Monk (2002)
Doc (2002, 2004)
Puppets Who Kill (2005)
Naturally, Sadie (2005)
Degrassi: The Next Generation (2005)
At the Hotel (2006)
‘Til Death Do Us Part (2007)
Less Than Kind (2008, 2010)
The Ron James Show (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)

Cra$h & Burn (2010)
Happy Town (2010)
The Dating Guy (2010)
Good Dog (2011)
King (2011)
Fugget About It (voice, 2012, 2013)
Life With Boys (2011, 2013)
The Rick Mercer Report (2013, 2014)
Working the Engels (2014)
The Stanley Dynamic (2014)
Haven (2014, 2015)
Saving Hope (2015)
The Adventures of Napkin Man! (voice, 2015)
Inspector Gadget (voice, 2017)
Fargo (2017)
Mysticons (voice, 2017, 2018)
The Amazing Gale Pile (2018)
Insomnia (2018)
Cupcake % Dino: General Services (voice, 2018)
Cavendish (2019)
D.A.Ace (voice, 2019)

Corn & Peg (voice, 2020)
Ghostwriter (2020)
Elinor Wonders Why (voice, 2020, 2021)
Batwoman (2021)
Overlod and the Underwoods (2021)
Guilty Party (2021)
Sloppy Jones (2022)
Transplant (2022)

Little Italy, movie, poster,
Poster for Little Italy courtesy of eOne Films.

Dax Ravina

Dax Ravina, actor,
Photo supplied by Dax Ravina.

B: February 2, 1977 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dax Ravina studied sociology and criminology at Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. He joined the university drama society and was cast in his first play, A Streetcar Named Desire playing the lead role of Stanley Kowalski. He went on to study acting at the prestigious Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. He was cast in his first feature film Wisegirls by director David Anspaugh (Rudy, Hoosiers). He was the lead in the award winning short film Backjumping which turned into a CBC pilot called Cheap Draft directed by Jay Dahl. In Hollywood he was worked with heavyweights like Kurt Russell (The Art of The Steal), Tim Roth (The Padre), Taryn Manning (Weirdsville), Terrance Howard (Four Brothers), Matt Dillon (The Art of the Steal) and Ron Perlman (The Baker). He plays the recurring role of Officer Gordon on the hit Netflix series Trailer Park Boys. He currently travels between Los Angeles and Toronto.

Features & TV Movies:
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Scotland, Pa. (2001)
The Lighter Game (2002)
Wisegirls (2002)
Backjumping (2003)
Mafia Doctor (TV-2003)
Love That Boy (2003)
Boyclops (2004)
Four Brothers (2005)
Terry (TV-2005)
Cheap Draft (TV-2005)
Homie Spumoni (2006)
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy (TV-2006)
Weirdsville (2006)
Matters of Life and Dating (TV-2007)
My Blue Sky (2009)

The Dogfather (2010)
The Art of the Steal (2013)
Swearnet: The Movie (2014)
88 (2014)
You Don’t Know Dick (2017)
She Never Died (2019)

V/H/S/94 (2021)
Daniel’s Gotta Die (2022)
The Retirement Plan (2023)
The Baker (2023)

TV Series – Cast:
October 1970 (2006, mini-series)
Would Be Kings (2008, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Doc (2004)
Mutant X (2004)
72 Hours: True Crime (2007)

Lost Girl (2010, 2015)
InSecurity (2011)
Republic of Doyle (2013)
Rookie Blue (2014)
Murdoch Mysteries (2014)
The Strain (2015)
The Expanse (2016)
Trailer Park Boys (2017)
The Drifters (2017)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2019)

Trailer Park Boys: Jail (2021, Netflix)

Dax Ravina is represented by:
Nigel Mikoski
Connekt Creative Agency
#305-190 Alexander Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1B5

Email: info(at)connektcreative.com
Vancouver: 604-288-4844
Toronto: 416-840-2699

She Never Died, movie, poster,

Geordie Johnson

Geordie Johnson, actor,

B: February 25, 1953 in Cowley, Alberta

Geordie Johnson won a Gemini Award in 2000 for a role he played in an episode of The City. In the series Largo Winch, which is based on a popular French comic book, he played the role of an ex-KGB agent and computer specialist named Georgy Kerensky. Johnson grew up in Cowley in the foothills of Alberta. He worked summers and weekends during high school in the sawmill founded by his grandfather in the 1920s and then run by his father in the 1960s. In an interview in 1990, Johnson recalled, “My job was tough and dangerous work, breaking logs into two by four studs. You could easily lose an eye to wood splinters flying out of the saw if you weren’t careful.” Not wanting a future at the sawmill, he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Calgary where he studied acting and directing in styles ranging from the Italian 16th century commedia dell’arte to Shakespeare. Upon graduation from college, he joined an improvisational acting company and travelled across British Columbia, Alberta and Vancouver Island. He eventually left the troupe and struck out on his own, moving to Toronto in 1980. Johnson performed a wide rage of theatrical roles, notably at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, and at the renowned Stratford Festival. He won a DORA award for his portrayal of a violent dimwit in Judith Thompson’s drama I Am Yours. Geordie Johnson plays the role of Professor Freund in the 2019 biopic of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, On the Basis of Sex.

Features & TV Movies:
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Skullduggery (1983)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
The Comedy of Errors (TV-1989)
Bridge to Silence (TV-1989)

The Diviners (TV-1993)
A Stranger in the Mirror (TV-1993)
A Change of Place (TV-1994)
Bionic Ever After (TV-1994)
Spenser: The Judas Goat (TV-1994)
Liszt’s Rhapsody (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story (TV-1999)

Charms for the Easy Life (TV-2002)
The Absense of Emily (2003)
The Dark Room (TV-2007)

Mulroney: The Opera (2011)
The Good Witch’s Charm (TV-2012)
On the Basis of Sex (2018)

Crisis (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
The Campbells (1986)
Dracula: The Series (1990)
Traders (1996)
Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (1999, mini-series)

Canada: A People’s History (2000, mini-series)
Largo Winch (2000-2001)
Durham County (2009)

Copper (2012-2013)
Acceptable Risk (2017, mini-series)

Mrs. America (2020, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Adderly (1986)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1988)

Counterstrike (1990, 1993)
E.N.G. (1991)
The Hidden Room (1991)
Street Legal (1988, 1991, 1992)
Beyond Reality (1992)
The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1992)
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993, 1994)
Forever Knight (1994, 1995)
TekWar (1996)
Taking the Falls (1996)
Spoken Art (1997)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1997)
John Woo’s Once a Thief (1998)
Highlander: The Raven (1999)
Poltergeist: The Legacy (1999)

The City (2000)
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (2000)
Andromeda (2002)
Starhunter (2003)
Starhunter 2300 (2004)
Murdoch Mysteries (2009)

XIII: The Series (2011)
Republic of Doyle (2013)
Bomb Girls (2013)
Reign (2014)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2018)
Carter (2018)

Transplant (2023)

On the Basis of Sex, movie, poster,

Yves Pelletier

Yves Pelletier, actor, director,

B: January 15, 1961 in Laval, Québec

Yves Pelletier was a member of the comedy troupe Rock et Belles Oreilles from 1981 to 1995, when they split up after an extraordinarily successful career. Primarily an actor, he made his directorial debut in 2004 with Les Aimants, from his own screenplay. Various episodes of the highly popular TV series Rock et belles oreilles have been released on DVD.

Features & TV Movies:
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Rock et Belles Oreilles: La grande liquidation des fêtes 1988 (TV-1988)

Ding et Dong le film (1990)
Les sauf-conduits (1991)
Karmina (1996)
2 secondes (1998)

Karmina 2 (2001)
Camping sauvage (2004)
La cas Roberge (2008)

Le baiser du barbu (2010)
L’Empire Bo$$é (2012)

TV Series – Cast:
Rock et belles oreilles (1986-1995)
Un gars, une fille (1997-2002)
Histoires de filles (1999)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Dans ma tête (2016)
Les pêcheurs (2014, 2017)

Les Newbies (2020)
La Dump (2020)
Bye-Bye (2006, 2007, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021)
Humour, Gloire, Danger (2022)

Credits as a director:
Les Aimants (2004)

Le baiser du barbu (2010)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Karmina (1996)

Karmina 2 (2001)
Les Aimants (2004)
Le baiser du barbu (2010)


Andy Jones

Andy Jones, actor,

B: January 15, 1948 in St. John's Newfoundland

Andy Jones has been a professional writer and actor for over thirty years. He has written five critically acclaimed one-man comedy shows: Out of the Bin, Still Alive, King O’ Fun, To The Wall, and An Evening with Uncle Val. To The Wall won four-star reviews in London, Edmonton and Toronto, and was made into a television performance for CBC’s Opening Night Series, which earned him a Gemini award nomination. A multi-talented actor and one of the groundbreaking comedy troupe CODCO on stage and television, Jones worked with CODCO in its theatrical form from 1974 to 1976 and in its television format from 1986 to 1991. He has taken five one-man comedy shows across Canada as well as to Ireland and the UK. His most recent one-man show “To The Wall” garnered four-star reviews in London, Edmonton and Toronto, and was made into a television performance for CBC’s Opening Night Series, which earned a Gemini award nomination. In all his work has been recognized with five Gemeini nominations, so far, along with two Emmy nominations and two genie nominations. He has won two Gemini awards, been elected to the Newfoundland Arts Council Hall of Honour, given the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Award of Excellence, and the ACTRA Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement.

Also see: Cathy Jones.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Adventure of Faustis Bigood (1986)

Buried on a Sunday (1992)
Secret Nation (1992)
Coleslaw Warehouse (1992)
Paint Cans (1994)
Life With Billy (TV-1994)
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
Extrodinary Visitor (1998)
Rain, Drizzle, and Fog (1998)
Ed & Flo (1998)

Congratulations (2000)
The Bingo Robbers
Rare Birds (2001)
Behind the Red Door (2002)
Cathy Jones Gets a Special (TV-2002)
The Straitjacket Lottery (2003)
Going the Distance (2004)
Rabbittown (TV-2006)
Young Triffie’s Been Made Away With (2006)
King O’ Fun (TV-2006)
Love and Savagery (2009)
Grown Up Movie Star (2009)

Beat Down (2012)
Hold Fast (2013)
Crown and Anchor (2017)

TV Series – Cast:
Codco (1986)

Dooley Gardens (1999)

Random Passage (2002, mini-series)

Crown and Anchor, movie, poster,

Stephen Coats

Stephen Coats, actor,

B: January 13, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario

Stephen Coats is an actor-writer. He wrote the screenplay for Finding Peace which was released in 2002.

Features & TV Movies:
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Meet Joe Black (1998)

Phase IV (2001)
Quality Viewing (2002)
Jericho Mansions (2003)
Gracie’s Choice (TV-2004)
The Straitjacket Lottery (2004)
Reversible Errors (TV-2004)
Irish Eyes (2004)
Mom at Sixteen (TV-2005)
The Heavy Breather (2005)

Jesse Stone: No Remorse (TV-2010)

TV Series – Cast:
Blackfly (2001)
Liography (2001)
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (mini-series, 2003)
Trudeau II: Maverick in the Making (mini-series,2005)

TV Series – Guest Appearances:
Lexx (2001)

Haven (2010)

Poster for the 2004 film The Straitjacket Lottery
Poster for the 2004 film The Straitjacket Lottery

La Grande Ourse – La clé des possibles

La Grande Ourse - La clé des possibles, image,

104 Minutes – Fantasy Fiction
Language: French
Release date: March 18, 2009 – Montréal
Production company: Point de mire
Canadian Distributer: Alliance Vivafilm

Louis-Bernard Lapointe can’t quite escape the fact that he is a wizard. To save the life of his only friend, Biron, Lapointe must find “the key of possibility” that will allow him entry to parallel worlds. In order to find the key, he must cast himself into one of these possible worlds and solve a riddle, a process that will cause him to reflect upon the choices that define each human being and that make us decide who will live and who will die.

Grande Ourse : La Clé des possibles, movie, poster,



Guy Gagnon
Jean-François Mercier
André Monette
Patrick Roy

Line Producer:

Muriel Lizé


Patrice Sauvé


Frédéric Ouellet


Ronald Plante


Michel Grou


Normand Corbeil

Production Designer:

Jean Babin

Cast: Roles:

Marc Messier
Normand Daneau
Fanny Mallette
Maude Guérin
Gabrielle Lazure
Frédéric Gilles
Monique Mercure
Marie Tifo
Évelyne Brochu
Vassili Schneider
Emmanuel Seguin
Marcel Pomerlo
Anne Dorval
Véronique Clusiau
Francis Ducharme
Michel Perron
Pierre Leblanc
Vitali Makarov
Fanny Cournoyer
Mylène Cournoyer
Ludivine Reding

Louis-Bernard Lapointe
Emile Biron
Evelyne O’Neal
Christine Foucault
Charles Foucault
La centenaire
Lucinda Garneau
Jézabel Garneau
Roger Biron
L’homme louche
Catherine Laplante
Cliente Librairie
Hortense Belliveau-Biron
Hortense Belliveau-Biron
Jeune fille au balcon

Charlie Carrick

Charlie Carrick, actor,

B: in Newcastle, England

Charlie Carrick is pictured in a publicity still from the 2013 eOne Films release Molly Maxwell. The British/Canadian actor was a 2011 resident of the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory and was selected as a Rising Star at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. He made his feature film debut in Molly Maxwell.

Also see: Hidden Assets on Super Channel

Features & TV Movies:
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Molly Maxwell (2013)
Home Again (TV-2013)
Ally Was Screaming (2014)
Eadweard (2015)
The Devout (2016)
Trench 11 (2017)
Woman of the House (TV-2017)
Salty (2017, short)
Purl (2017, short)
Angelique’s Isle Held for Ransom (2019)

The Power (2021)
The Wolf and the Lion (2021)
Alice, Darling (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Cedar Cove (2013-2014)
Reign (2015-2016)
Deep Water (2019, mini-series)

Hidden Assets (2022, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The L Word (2008)

Supernatural (2010)
Tower Prep (2010)
V (2011)
Psych (2011)
Sanctuary (2011)
Flashpoint (2012)
The Borgias (2013)
Motive (2014)
Incorporated (2017)
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2018)
Genius (2018)

Cobra (2020)
Departure (2021)

Trench 11, movie, poster,
Poster for Trench 11 courtesy of Ravin Banner Releasing.

Alice Darling, movie poster,

Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin, actress,

B: January 15, 1947 in Portland, Maine

Andrea Martin first appeared in children’s theatre. Later as a teenager, she made her professional debut as a singer at Portland’s annual Armenian Dance and Picnic. After earning her degree from Maine’s Emerson College, she moved to New York City and almost immediately landed the role of Lucy in a stage production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Following her heart to Toronto, she appeared with Martin Short, Gilda Radner and Victor Garber in Godspell. Other stage roles followed and one day she was invited to join the Second City troupe as they were developing a TV variety series. After spending two years with the stage version of Toronto’s Second City she costarred in the TV series that ran under different names for another seven years. During the series she was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards winning two for writing. She was also nominated for Best Actress. As part of the cast of Second City’s 15th Anniversary Special, she earned two American Comedy Award nominations. In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in the musical My Favorite Year earning a Tony award for Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2005 she hosted the 25th Annual Genie Awards. At the time she was on Broadway in a revival of Fiddler on the Roof. In June of 2013 Andrea Martin won her second Tony Award for “best performance in a featured role by an actress” for her role in the Broadway production of Pippin. It also won “best consume design for a musical” for Canadian Dominique Lemieux. Primarily an American who spent a great part of her early career in Canada, Andrea is an American who is considered to be an “honourary” Canadian by all of her fans in this country.

Features & TV Movies:
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It’s Not Just You, Murray! (1964)

Foxy Lady (1971)
Cannibal Girls (1973)
Black Christmas (1974)
The Rimshots (TV-1976)
Torn Between Two Lovers (TV-1979)

Wholly Moses! (1980)
The Robert Klein Show (TV-1981)
Soup for One (1982)
Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas (TV-1985)
David Letterman`s Holiday Film Festival (TV-1985)
Club Paradise (1986)
Innerspace (1987)
Martha, Ruth & Edie (1988)
The Best of SCTV (TV-1988)
Rude Awakening (1989)
Worth Winning (1989)

Ted and Venus (1991)
Too Much Sun (1991)
Stepping Out (1991)
All I Want for Christmas (1991)
The Trial of Red Riding Hood (TV-1992)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (voice, 1992)
Boris and Natasha (1992)
Frosty Returns (voice, TV-1992)
David Copperfield (voice, TV-1993)
Gypsy (TV-1993)
Guitarman (TV-1994)
In Search of Dr. Seuss (TV-1994)
Harrison Bergeron (TV-1995)
Bogus (1996)
Wag the Dog (1997)
The Rugrats Movie (voice, 1998)
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (voice, VR-1998)
Bartok the Magnificent (voice, VR-1999)

My Funny Valentine (TV-2000)
Believe (2000)
Loser (2000)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Recess: School`s Out (voice, 2001)
All Over the Guy (2001)
Prince Charming (TV-2001)
The Kid (voice, TV-2001)
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (voice, 2001)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Sick in the Head (TV-2003)
Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time (voice, TV-2003)
New York Minute (2004)
Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies (voice, TV-2005)
The Producers (2005)
The TV Set (2006)
Brother Bear 2 (VR-2006)
Young Triffie (2006)
Black Christmas (2006)
The Cake Eaters (2007)
The Toe Tactic (voice, 2008)
Breaking Upwards (2009)

Delivering the Goods (2011)
Three Inches (TV-2011)
Buzzkill (2012)
I, Martin Short, Goes Home (TV-2012)
After All These Years (TV-2013)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)
Little Italy (2018)

TV Series – Cast:
The David Steinberg Show (1972)
The Sunshine Hour (1976)
Second City (1976-1981)

SCTV Network 90 (1981-1983)
SCTV Channel (1983-1984)
Roxie (1987)
The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (1988)

The Carol Guitarman (TV-1994)
The Martin Short Show (1994)
Earthworm Jim (voice, 1995)
Life… and Stuff (1997)
Recess (voice, 1997)
Damon (1998)
The New Woody Woodpecker Show (voice, 1999)
George and Martha (1999)

Committed (voice, 2001)
All Over the Guy (2001)
Prince Charming (TV-2001)
The Kid (voice, TV-2001)
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (voice, 2001, 2003, 2004)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Sick in the Head (TV-2003)
Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time (voice, TV-2003)
My Big Fat Greek Life (2003)
St. Urbain’s Horseman (mini-series, 2007)

Working the Engels (2014)
Difficult People (2015-2017)
Great News (2017-2018)
Evil (2021-2022)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour (1971)
King of Kensington (1975)

Kate & Allie (1986)
The Tracey Ullman Show (1989)
Sesame Street (1989, 2009)

Maniac Mansion (1992)
Goof Troop (voice, 1992)
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (voice, 1994)
Batman: The Animated Series (voice, 1994)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (voice, 1994, 1996)
Mad TV (1997)
Meego (1997)
The Simpsons (voice, 1997)
The Wild Thornberrys (voice, 1998)
The Outer Limits (1999)
Superman: The Animated Series (voice, 1998, 2000)
The Outer Limits (1999)
The Norm Show (1999)

DAG (2001)
Primetime Glick (2001)
Ed (2002)
My Big Fat Greek Life (2003)
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2003)
Chilly Beach (2005)
Hope & Faith (2005)
Kim Possible (voice, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007)
Insatiable (2007)
Nurse Jackie (2009)

Little Mosque on the Prairie (2010)
Dino Dan (2010)
The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That (voice, 2010, 2011)
30 Rock (2012)
Fugget About It (voice, 2012)
The Jack and Triumph Show (2015)
Modern Family (2015)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitdt (2017)
Will & Grace (2019)
The Good Fight (2017, 2018, 2019)
Elena of Avalor (voice, 2019, 2020)
Mickey and the Roadster Racers (voice, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Corner Gas Animated (voice (2020)
Harlem (2021)
Only Murders in the Building (2022)

Cannibal Girls, movie, poster,
This 1973 poster for Cannibal Girls was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.
Little Italy, movie, poster,
Poster for Little Italy courtesy of eOne Films.

Michael Snow

Michael Snow, director,

B: December 10, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario
D: January 5, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario

Michael James Aleck Snow, as he was born, was considered by many to be the most significant experimental filmmaker in the world. In addition to films, he is a famous painter, a photographer, sculptor and musician. Of his many works he is probably best known for his “walking woman” series which he worked on, in all media, from 1961 to 1967. Eleven sculptures formed part of the Ontario Pavillion at Montreal’s Expo ’67. For Expo ’86 he produced a 48-image group of holographic pictures for a work titled The Special Image. Snow has received many awards and fellowships throughout his career including The Molson Prize and a Governor General’s Award in Visual Art. He was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1981 and given France’s Chevalier de l”ordres des arts et des lettres in 1995. A resident of Toronto his work can be seen throughout the city. From the figures of 15 cartoonish fans that adorn the Rogers Centre, to a 1979 installation titled Flight Stop, comprising 60 suspended fibreglass Canada geese at the Toronto Eaton Centre as well as regular exhibitions in art galleries and museums.

The art world mourned his death, the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) stating that Snow “knew no boundaries.” Sarah Milroy, chief curator at the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinburg, Ont., north of Toronto, described Snow as a “one of the leading lions” in Canadian art and the National Gallery of Canada said it was “deeply saddened” by his death. It called him a “giant in the art world” in Canada and around the world. “His innovative, versatile artworks radiate beyond our borders, and made him a formidable ambassador.” Michael Snow as 94 when he died of pneumonia in Toronto on January 5, 2023.

Also see: Joyce Wieland

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

A to Z (1956)

New York Eye and Ear Control (1964)
Short Shave (1965)
Wavelength (1967)
Standard Time (1967)
One Second in Montreal (1969)
Dripping Water (working with Joyce Wieland, 1969)
Back and Forth (1969)

Side Seat Paintings Slides Sound Film (1970)
La région centrale (1971)
Two Sides to Every Story (1974)
Rameau’s Nephew by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen (1974)
Breakfast / Table Top Dolly (1976)

Presents (1981)
So Is This (1982)
Seated Figures (1988)

See You Later (aka Au revoir, 1990)
To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror (1991)
Prelude (2000)
The Living Room (2001)
Corpus Callosum (2001)
Puccini Conservato (2008)

February 2023 Film Festivals

February 2023 film festivals, image,
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, many film festivals have postponed or changed their schedules. The links we provide will take you to each festival’s website where they will have updated information about their plans and schedules. *** Indicates last year’s dates.
Also see festivals in: January – February – MarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Don’t see your festival listed? Email news(at)northernstars.ca to send us your information.

Starts: Ends: Name: Location:
dd/mm dd/mm
25/01 05/02 Rotterdam Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
26/01 03/02 ReFrame Festival Peterborough, ON leaf
27/01 04/02 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival France
27/01 05/02 Göteborg Film Festival Göteborg, Sweden
03/02 12/02 Victoria Film Festival Victoria, BCleaf
08/02 17/02 Architecture & Design Film Festival (ONLINE) Canada and USA
09/02 19/02 Available Light Film Festival Whitehorse, YTleaf
14/02 28/02 Winnipeg Int’l Jewish Film Festival *** Winnipeg, MB leaf
15/02 20/02 Toronto Black Film Festival Toronto, ONleaf
16/02 20/01 Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Fest (various) California
16/02 26/02 Berlin International Film Festival Berlin, Germany
21/02 06/03 CinéFranco: Youth Festival Toronto, ONleaf
22/02 04/03 Rendez-vous du cinema québecois Montréal, QC leaf
24/02 28/02 Pendance Film Festival *** Toronto, ONleaf
24/02 05/03 Beloit Int’l Film Festival Beloit, Wisconsin
24/02 28/03 Halifax Black Film Festival In Theatre & Online Halifax, NSleaf
24/02 26/03 Vancouver Int’l Mountain In Theatre & Online Vancouver, BCleaf
25/02 05/03 Festival Int’l du Film pour Enfants Montréal, QCleaf

Avan Jogia

Avan Jogia, actor,

B: February 9, 1992 in Vancouver, British Columbia

His full nameis Avan Tudor Jogia. He is best known for playing the role of Danny Desai on the series Twisted. He played the role of the boy king, Tutankhamun in the 6-part mini-series, Tut. He played the role of Roman Mercer in the 2017 series Ghost Wars. He played the character of Leon S. Kennedy in the film Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City from Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (TV-2006)
Devil’s Diart (TV-2007)
Gym Teacher: The Movie (TV-2008)
Spectacular! (TV-2009)

Triple Dog (2010)
Alex (2011, short)
Rags (TV-2012)
Twisted: Socio Studies 101 (TV-2013)
You Are (VR-2014, short)
Finding Hope Now (2014)
Shangri-La Suite (2015)
10,000 Saints (2015)
I Am Michael (2015)
Ted 2 (2015)
Here Now (2015, short)
The Year of Spectacular Men (2016)
Border Crossing (2016)
The Outskirts (2015)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017)
The Year of Spectacular Men (2017)
Paper Year (2018)
The New Romantic (2018)
Shaft (2019)
The Artist’s Wife (2019)
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

The Exchange (2021)
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)
Johnny & Clyde (2022)
Door Mouse (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Victorious (2010-2013)
Twisted (2013-2014)
Tut (2015, mini-series)
Ghost Wars (2017-2018)
Now Apocalypse (2019)

The Stranger (2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Aliens in America (2007)
Caprica (2009, 2010)

iCarly (2011)
Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse (2016)

Credits as a Director:
Door Mouse (2022)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Door Mouse (2022)

The New Romantic, movie, poster,

Avan Jogia, The Exchange, poster,

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, movie, poster,

Door Mouse, movie, poster,

The Loon’s Necklace

12 minutes
Release date: 1948
Production company: Crawley Films
Canadian distributor: Crawley Films

The Loon’s Necklace is a short that tells the story of how the loon got its distinctive band around its neck. It is the story of Kelora, a once proud medicine man who is now neglected in his feeble old age and blindness. Having saved his tribe from many dangers, Kelora seeks out his totem, the Loon, and asks to have his sight restored. The Loon gives him back his sight and in return Kelora places his necklace of magic shells around the neck of the bird. The film helped launch Crawley Films and is certainly one of the most successful “sponsored films” ever made. The sponsor, by the way was Imperial Oil and the film was seen for years in classrooms across Canada. It was Judith Crawley’s idea to use West Coast First Nations ceremonial masks to illustrate the legend. The Loon’s Necklace won film of the year at the first Canadian Film Awards. It was identified as a “culturally significant film” by the AV Preservation Trust in 2001.

Read more about The Loon’s Necklace.



F.R. “Budge” Crawley


F.R. “Budge” Crawley
Judith Crawley


Grant Crabtree


Judith Crawley

Cast: Roles:

George Gorman


Chris Ippolito

Chris Ippolito, actor,

B: January 12 in Alberta

Chris Ippolito is an actor.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Tum Bin…: Love Will Find a Way (2001)
Johnson County War (TV-2002)
Shakthi: The Power (2002)
A Friend of the Family (TV-2004)
Comeback Season (2006)
Touch the Top of the World (TV-2006)
The Muffin Man (VR-2006)
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
Hush Little Baby (TV-2007)
Badland (2007)
Passchendaele (2008)

A Trace of Danger (TV-2010)
Angels Crest (2011)
Pressed (2011)
Hannah’s Law (TV-2012)
Forsaken (2015)
The Revenant (2015)
Devil in the Dark (2017)
Kayak to Klemtu (2017)

Wedding Every Weekend (TV-2020)

TV Series – Cast:
Hell on Hells (2011-2012)
Klondike (2014, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Heartland (2008)

Cardfight!! Vanguard (voice, 2011)
Van Helsing (2016, 2017, 2019)
Timeless (2016)
Ghost Wars (2017)
The Detour (2018)

Kayak to Klemtu, movie, poster,

Sarah Dunsworth

Sarah Dunsworth, actress,

B: January 26, 1976 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sarah Dunsworth is usually known for her role as Sarah on the various Trailer Park Boys projects including the original television series and subsequent movies.

Also see: John Dunsworth.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Beefcake (1998)

The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special (TV-2004)
The Bridge (VR-2006, short)
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)
Treevenge (2008, short)
Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (2009)

Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It! (2014)

TV Series – Cast:
Trailer Park Boys (2001-2007, 2014, 2016-2018)
Trailer Park Boys: The Animate Series (voice, 2019-2020)

;Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day, movie poster;

Percy Hynes-White

Percy Hynes-White, actor,

B: October 8, 2002 in St. John’s, Newfoundland

Sometimes credited as Percy Hynes-White, his mother is Sherry White and his dad is Joel Thomas Hynes. He was just 11-years-old when he appeared as Jude Traynor in Cast No Shadow. His performance brought an Outstanding Performance by an Actor Award at the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival. He played Andy Strucker in The Gifted and plays Elliot Wazowski on the series Pretty Hard Cases. Percy Hynes White plays the role of Xavier Thorpe on the Netflix series Wednesday. They announced in early January 2023 that the series would be renewed for a 2nd season.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Down to the Dirt (2008)
Crackie (2009)

Forty-Five & Five (2011, short)
Winners (2012, short)
Little Man (2013, short)
The Grand Seduction (2013)
Cast No Shadow (2014)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
Rupture (2016)
Edge of Winter (2016)
Milton’s Secret (2016)
First Round Down (2016)
Dust (2017, short)
First Light (2018)
Our House (2018)
Age of Summer (2018)

A Killer in My Home (TV-2020)
I Like Movies (2022)

TV Series – Cast:
Between (2015-2016)
11.22.63 (2016, mini-series)
The Gifted (2017-2019)
Pretty Hard Cases (2021)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Rookie Blue (2014)
Murdoch Mysteries (2014, 2015)
Odd Squad (2015, 2016)
Defiance (2015)
Saving Hope (2015)
The Twilight Zone (2019)

Transplant (2020
Nurses (2021)
Wednesday (2022)

Our House, poster,
Poster for Our House courtesy of Elevation Pictures

I Like Movies, movie, poster,

Michelle Mylett

Michelle Mylett, actress,
Photo of Michelle Mylett at the Canadian Screen Awards © R.A.Lucas.

B: January 4, 1989 in Ladysmith, British Columbia

Michelle Mylett was recently seen in the hit SyFy limited series Ascension. This was a three-night consecutive event in which she starred alongside Tricia Helfer, Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth and others. She starred in Four in the Morning as Jamie: A wanderer who struggles to find self-worth but remains hopelessly upbeat. She is best known for her role as Katy in more than 70 episodes of Letterkenny starting in 2016.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Antisocial (2013)
The Drownsman (2014)
Weak Ends (2014)
She Stoops to Conquer (2015, short)
Antisocial 2 (2015)
5 Films About Technology (2016, short)
Kiss and Cry (2017)
Buckout Road (2017)
El Camino Christmas (2017)
The Machine (TV-2017)br/>
Goliath (2019)
Gone (2019)

The Complex:Lockdown (2022)
American Dreamer (2022)

TV Series: Cast:
Ascension (2014, mini-series)
Four in the Morning (2016)
Letterkenney (2016-)
Bad Blood (2017, mini-series)

TV Series: Guest appearances:
The Strain (2014)
Lost Girl (2014)

Antisocial 2, 2015 Movie Poster

Marina Orsini

Marina Orsini, actress,

B: January 4, 1967 in Ville-Emard, Québec

Marina Orsini was still in high school when, at 15 years of age, she took second place in a contest for models held in Québec. After a short career as a model, she landed a spot on the series, Lance et Compte, or He Shoots, He Scores, which launched her acting career. She won Gemini Awards in 1990 and 1991 for her roles in Les Filles de Caleb and L’or et le papier. Marina Orsini played the role of Anémone Leduc in 83 episodes of the series Une autre histoire between 2019 and 2022.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

La grenouille et la baline (1987)
Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)
Misercorde (TV-1994)
Les muses orphelines (1999)

Dr. Lucille (TV-2000)
Agent of Influence (TV-2002)
Geraldine`s Fortune (2004)
La rage de l’ange (2006)
A vos marques… Party! 2 (2007)
Noémie (2009)

Lance et compte (2010)
Sur le rythme (2011)
Le fils de mon père (2012, short)
La Légende de Sarila (voice, 2013)

TV Series – Cast:
Lance et compte (1986)
Lance et compte II (mini-series, 1988)
Lance et compte III (mini-series, 1989)

L’or et la papier (1990)
Les filles de Caleb (1990)
Shehawah (1992)
Blanche (1993)
Urgence (1996)

L’or (2001)
Lance & compte IV (2001)
Cauchmar d’amour (2001)
The Last Chapter: the War Continues (mini-series, 2003)
Il Duce canadese (mini-series, 2004)
Lance et compte: La revanche (2006)
Lance et compte: Le grand duel (2008)

30 Vies (2011)
Lance et compte: La déchirure (2012)
Lance et compte (2015)

Une autre histoire (2019-2022)